Refuse to Return provided the reports listed below. Without a true comprehensive, well funded safety plan, in-person learning in the fall will be a death sentence.

Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada: “Almost an entire class of students at a Trois-Rivières school contracted COVID-19 despite physical distancing and other prevention measures.” (Montreal Gazette, June 4, 2020)

  • South Africa: “Over 700 South African schools have already been affected by Covid-19 since reopening just weeks ago. The Department of Education has revealed that 523 learners and over 1,000 teachers had been infected.” (Briefly, June 28, 2020)
  • “On Tuesday, in testimony to the Israeli parliament, Dr. Udi Kliner, Sadetzki’s deputy, reported that schools—not restaurants or gyms—turned out to be the country’s worst mega-infectors. (Again, this should be of interest to Americans who have been told by a presidential tweet in all caps that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”)” (Yahoo! News, July 8, 2020)
  • Seoul, South Korea: “More than 500 schools closed again Friday to students after briefly reopening, as South Korea moves to stamp out a resurgence of the coronavirus in the capital, Seoul, and its surrounding metropolitan area.” (CNN, May 29, 2020)
  • Beijing, China: “Beijing raised its level of health alert to the second highest on Tuesday, ordering schools to close and urging people to work from home as China’s government pressed to extinguish a spike in coronavirus infections menacing the capital.” (New York Times, June 16, 2020)
  • Oregon: “Coronavirus infections rising fastest among kids younger than 10, dimming prospects for Oregon’s school reopening plans.” (The Oregonian, July 1, 2020)
  • Florida: “One 11-year-old and two teenagers died from COVID-19-related complications in Florida and more than 7,000 other children under 18 have tested positive for the disease since the pandemic began in March, according to Florida’s Department of Health.” (Miami Herald, July 1, 2020)\
  • At least 1,335 people have tested positive from child care facilities in Texas, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday, citing figures from Friday. Of those infected, 894 were staff members and 441 were children. The cases came from 883 child care facilities that are open in the state, DHHS said.” (CNN, July 6, 2020)
  • Missouri: “Missouri leaders knew the risk of convening thousands of kids at summer camps across the state during a pandemic, the state’s top health official said, and insisted that camp organizers have plans in place to keep an outbreak from happening… Missouri is one of several states to report outbreaks at summer camps. The Kanakuk camp near Branson ended up sending its teenage campers home. On Friday, the local health department announced 49 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus at the camp. By Monday, the number had jumped to 82.” (ABC News, July 7, 2020)
  • Norwalk, Connecticut: “Summer school classes held at Norwalk High School are switching to distance learning for the rest of the week after a person in the building tested positive for COVID-19. The district announced on social media on Tuesday night that “a member of the Norwalk High School community who was in the building for summer classes” tested positive for coronavirus. The person diagnosed was in the building on Monday, July 6 which marked the first day of summer school.” (The Hour, July 8, 2020)
  • “Younger people are making up a growing percentage of new coronavirus cases in cities and states where the virus is now surging, a trend that has alarmed public health officials and prompted renewed pleas for masks and social distancing.” (New York Times, June 25, 2020)

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